The bridge, which was first built in 1897 and then rebuilt in 1927, was closed to vehicles from 1985 to 2006 although remained open for foot traffic and recreational users.
After more than $600,000 was raised by the trust and other donors, it was repaired and reopened. The scheme included a buy-a-plank initiative, where a donation saw the donor's name engraved on the bridge.https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/92829223/truck-blamed-for-damage-to-historic-wooden-suspension-bridge-in-taranaki
Sadly, the entrance to the bridge looks like this now. A truck driver that shouldn't have been on the bridge did a lot of damage and ruined it for all of us. In exchange for not publishing the truck's company, the company paid $60,000 for all the repairs.